Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Homeward bound: Loggers head back from Laos captivity

Homeward bound: Loggers head back from Laos captivity

Homeward bound: Loggers head back from Laos captivity

Seven Cambodians arrested for illegally logging in Laos’ Champasak district were released yesterday in exchange for US$300 each, Stung Treng provincial officials reported, but 14 Cambodians still remain in custody.

Six of the released loggers were arrested earlier this month, on March 7, Ek Sivandorn, provincial deputy police commissioner, said, while one was arrested in a separate case in February.

“Their [the released loggers’] families spent $300 for each to cover food and transportation expenses during their detention in Champasak province,” the police commissioner said, noting that this amount was lower than that paid by families in previous cases.

“The ransom rate to release Cambodians from Laos is dependent on the transportation fee and actual duration of detention in Laos territory,” Ek Sivandorn explained.

The police commissioner added that 14 Cambodians arrested in 2011 for illegally entering Lao territory were still detained, though he did not provide a timeline for their release.

Senior investigator for Adhoc Chan Soveth said two Cambodians were shot while illegally entering Laos in 2011.

“Lao authorities still fire at Cambodians, but less than Thailand does. Both countries should punish those who illegally enter their territory or commit crimes, but they should not fire at them like the are animals.”


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all